Don’t buy food in bulk, and other counter-intuitive money saving tips

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  • K Mchenry, IL
    Aug. 19, 2013 11:47 p.m.

    People like to feel that they got a deal. Take the extreme couponers who spent $5 on $90 worth of groceries. They are forgetting that they spent $20 on extra papers, three hours in the store, and that $30 of the savings woud have already happened without the coupon because of a store sale and that they had to buy 10 widgets they never use the week before to get the $10 store credit on their next shopping trip.

    The Pope recently spoke to food waste. It is a shame how much food is wasted in pantries and on plates. It is like taking food out of the mouths of others. Take that low income family who would have loved to buy x items on sale but the shelf was emptied by an extreme couponer an hour before. It could mean that this month they run out of cereal in the fourth week instead of having a few extra boxes and their full this month. With bulk foods it's more a concern. One sixth survives on rice and beans and simple breads. And they dont get to eat daily.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 15, 2013 8:29 p.m.

    "This advice goes against a common belief that buying in bulk will save money in the long run, since the price per ounce is usually far cheaper in bulk items. But as the video points out, perishable bulk items often spoil and go to waste."


    So, the bottom-line advice is to only buy as much as you're actually going to use. As in, "Waste not, want not".

    How amazingly astute of them.

    I'm sure **no one** has thought of that one before!

  • Wonderpus Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
    Aug. 15, 2013 2:13 p.m.

    This is kinda misleading. I believe It's good to buy from the bulk bins at the grocery store. You are able to buy staples and spices at a cheaper price while cutting way down on packaging waste. The items found in the bulk isle are things that have long shelf lives without refrigeration. I believe what this study is trying to say is to cut down on shopping at Costco and/ or buying to many perishable just because they are on sale.